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CITES Secretary-General's update on the postponement of CITES CoP18

I wish to inform Parties and interested stakeholders about the latest developments for CITES CoP18 that was scheduled to be held from 23 May to 3 June 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the postponement as announced on 26 April via Notification to the Parties No. 2019/025.

Status update on the postponement of CoP18

10 May 2019

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

The Secretariat continues to monitor the security situation in Colombo closely through the Sri Lankan authorities and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Delegates may wish to note the following at this stage:

New report highlights continued threat to African elephants from poaching

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New report highlights continued threat to African elephants from poaching

 

Major new global assessment describes biodiversity in crisis

The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, launched today in Paris, confirms that species and ecosystems around the world are in rapid decline. Arresting this trend will require transformative change based on proven solutions.

Status update: postponement of CoP18

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

CITES Secretariat presents its final assessment of and recommendations on species listing proposals for #CITESCoP18

The CITES Secretariat has now posted Document 105.1, presenting its final assessments of the proposals to amend Appendices I and II of the Convention. These 57 proposals submitted by Parties to CITES for consideration at CoP18 address a wide range of wild plants and animals. The detailed assessments and recommendations can be found in an annex to the document here.

Statement by the members of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions

Seventh session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7)

(delivered by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero on behalf of BLG members)

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 29 April 2019

 

Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention)

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Secretary-General’s statement on the postponement of CoP18

The Secretariat regrets to announce that the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee, are being postponed. This decision has been taken out of respect for the victims of the recent attacks and the recognition by the Standing Committee, the Secretariat and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security of the time needed for the Government of Sri Lanka to address the current situation in the country.

CITES Secretary-General's statement on the attacks in Sri Lanka

The Secretariat expresses its heartfelt condolences to the people of Sri Lanka for the loss of lives and many injuries following the bomb blasts that struck churches and hotels today.  
 
The Secretariat is in contact with the Sri Lankan Government and is monitoring the situation closely.
 

Uganda boosts efforts to strengthen wildlife management capacity and protect elephants

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